Saturday, June 05, 2004

Starship Troopers 2

Ok, let's clear this up. I was actually pretty pumped for Starship Troopers 2: Hero Of The Federation. For most of you, that probably make me different than you. How that affects your perception of this review, you can decide for yourself.

Turns out, it's not good.

Three ways it could've been improved.

  1. Make this concept on a higher budget, so it could had a broader feel.
  2. Make an entirely different concept on a low budget as a Starship Troopers sequel.
  3. Make this little Alien/Species rip-off as its own thing and don't keep it strapped to the Starship Troopers ideas. (Please feel free to substitute Tobe Hooper's highly entertaining and underrated Lifeforce for the inferior but better known Species as desired)

Ultimately, I think there would've had to be a lot more than any of those fixes to make it really work, but one of those would've made a solid start. It has some good ideas, but it tried to propel you right into a story with characters you don't care about and takes way, way too long to give you a reason to care about them. Then once it does, it doesn't do enough to make it all worthwhile.

I certainly would also have like to have seen about half the cast replaced by, say, actors, especially Lawrence Monoson, so wonderful in my beloved The Last American Virgin, putting in an embarrassing performance as a supposedly psychic lieutenant.

Then I would have told director Phil Tippet to cut out all the close-ups. Ingmar Bergman he ain't. It just makes the movie look very small.

If you're looking for a good follow-up to Paul Verhoeven's film, I'd stick with Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles.

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